PS 23: The First Sunday of Lent

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check Paschale Solemnitatis, the full document on this site, among many on the internet.

According to the CDWDS, the Lent observance begins not on Wednesday, but Sunday. What to do with those three days after Ash Wednesday? Practice?

23. The first Sunday of Lent marks the beginning of the annual Lenten observance. (Roman Missal, First Sunday of Lent, Opening Prayer and Prayer over the gifts) In the Mass of this Sunday there should be some distinctive elements which underline this important moment; e.g. the entrance procession with the litany of the saints. (Cf. Ceremonial of Bishops, 261) During the Mass of the first Sunday of Lent, the bishop should celebrate the rite of election in the cathedral or in some other church, as seems appropriate. (Cf. Ceremonial of Bishops, 400-410)

The Rite of Election during a First Sunday Mass? Almost always, Election is celebrated at a Liturgy of the Word. And the Litany of Saints on the first Sunday: who does that?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to PS 23: The First Sunday of Lent

  1. Liam says:

    My former parish did the LoTS for the procession. It was a, um, stately … procession. There was no recessional hymn (and of course no Gloria), so the Prime Directive of Conservation of Time was observed.

  2. Liam says:

    Then of course the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar provides:

    “28. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper exclusive.”

    I suspect PS ultimately referring to is the concept of Paschaltide, rather than Lent properly speaking. While Lent began on Ash Wednesday, Paschaltide was considered to begin on the First Sunday of Lent and run through Trinity Sunday (in former practice; now Pentecost). The Easter Duty was tied to Paschaltide – it used to be tied specifically to Easter Sunday or the Easter Octave, but by process of indult the period for satisfying the Easter Duty expanded – in the USA, it was and remains tied to the entirety of Paschaltide.

  3. Pingback: The Armchair Liturgist: Litany of Saints | Catholic Sensibility

  4. Dick Martin says:

    2 Timothy 3:5(NKJV)
    having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

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